Should I bleach again or tone? Right now, you want to tone

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  • If you’ve just bleached your hair, you should wait three weeks before bleaching again.
  • So, at this time, you should tone your hair.
  • It doesn’t matter if you reach the bleach level you wanted. You shouldn’t bleach your hair twice in a row.
  • What you can do between each bleaching session is to tone your hair to get rid of any unwanted orange or yellow shades.


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Of course, this is a general idea. When it comes to hair, the truth is that almost nothing is as blunt as black or white.



 Because deciding whether to bleach or tone your hair will depend on the final color you want to achieve and your hair health after bleaching. 


Let’s say you bleached your hair, and it’s currently dark orange.

Your idea is to go to a light blonde 9. In that case, you should bleach again.

However, you should first wait for three weeks between each bleaching session.

What will you do with your hair during those days?

Will you be sporting bright orange hair?


I don’t think that’s what you’d like to do, and I don’t think you want to wear hats all the time.

So, what you can do is tone your hair with a purple shampoo or toner.


This way, you’ll get rid of unwanted orange, and you’ll get an even color until you can bleach your hair again.

Now, let’s say you bleached your hair, and it’s currently yellowish. Your idea was to achieve a dark blonde 6.


In that case,   you’ve reached the bleach level you wanted and don’t need to bleach again. However, you need to tone your hair to get rid of unwanted yellow undertones. 


As you can see, there’s no such thing as black or white in hair matters. The world of hair is full of nuances. Let’s discover them below.

First, let’s make something clear.

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You should always tone your hair after bleaching. You can’t bleach your hair twice in a row, and you have to get rid of unwanted colors

First, you need to identify the color you want to tone.

Unwanted colors like orange and yellow usually appear after bleaching and make your mane look unkempt and untidy.

That’s why you need to neutralize these colors.

Do you know what neutralization is?


It means applying one color to eliminate another one. Every color has an opposite one that cancels it out.

  • If your hair is orange, you should apply blue.
  • If your hair is yellow, you should apply violet.
  • If your hair is red, you should apply green.


Do you know what products you can use? You have 2 options:

  • Toning shampoo
  • Toner


Toning Shampoo


The toning shampoo contains pigments that are deposited on the outside of your hair to neutralize unwanted colors.

There are many brands of blue, violet, and green color shampoo on the market.

They are easy to apply, but you should use them regularly to keep your hair free of unwanted colors after bleaching.


Then, three weeks after bleaching, you can bleach your hair again.

Remember that this type of shampoo doesn’t penetrate into the hair core. It’s only deposited on the outside of the hair creating a film of color.


You can use it two or three times a week and leave it to act for 3 to 5 minutes.

Each shampoo brand has its own instructions, and I recommend that you read them carefully to avoid mistakes.



using purple toner on bleached yellow hair

Toner is a totally different product.

Although it follows the same goal, which is to neutralize unwanted colors after bleaching, it’s a permanent dye applied with a 20-volume developer.


Its effect is immediate, but you must be careful with the exposure time to achieve an even and harmonious color.

Once you apply it, you only have to wait three weeks before you can bleach your hair again if you didn’t achieve the desired bleach level.


Here are some examples to tone your color after bleaching:

  • If you need to remove the orange from your bleached hair, choose Wella T18.
  • If you want to remove yellow from your bleached hair, choose Wella T10.


Very good.

You’ve toned your hair and survived three weeks with unwanted color-free hair.

But the long-awaited moment to bleach again has arrived. And that’s what I’ll talk about next.


How to bleach your hair again to reach your desired bleach level

brush the hair carefully so as not to injure the scalp

I’m sure you know that bleaching is a pretty aggressive chemical process for hair. After all, you’ve already been through one bleaching session.

So, how do you know if your hair will resist another bleaching session?


Your hair speaks. Sure, it doesn’t have a voice, but it can express itself. You need to watch it and touch it carefully.

  • When you run your fingers through your tresses, does it feel soft?
  • Is it shiny? Smooth?
  • When you untangle it, is it docile, and can you comb it without difficulty?
  • No frizz?


Then, your hair will resist a new bleaching session. But, you can take one more precaution.

Four hours before bleaching, apply coconut oil from roots to ends. The oil will moisturize your hair, give it flexibility and reduce the impact of the process by almost 45%.


Now, if your hair is dry, frizzy, dull, coarse, brittle, and tangles easily, you can’t bleach it again because it won’t resist the process.


And if you have any doubts, I recommend that you do the strand test, which is also simple.

You should apply a bit of bleach on a back strand of your hair and see what happens to the hair.

Here is the step by step:

  • Comb all your hair and gather it into a ponytail leaving a strand loose, preferably at the back.
  • Prepare a small amount of bleach, just enough to cover the strand you separated.
  • Apply the bleach to the strand from root to tip, and leave it on for up to 20 minutes.
  • Rinse and dry your strand.


Carefully observe the results.

If your strand breaks, is chewy, or you start to lose hair from the root, you CANNOT BLEACH YOUR HAIR.


I recommend that you start repairing your hair and postpone bleaching for at least three months.

After a few months and several moisturizing and repair treatments, you can repeat the strand test to see if your hair health has improved.



After bleaching your hair, you always need to tone it to remove unwanted shades regardless of the bleach level you reached.

If you didn’t reach the desired bleach level, you could bleach your hair again after three weeks if your hair is healthy.

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